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Animals –what’s not to love about them? With this list you will meet mischievous, clever, kind, and silly animals that help every child grow in their understanding and maturity. Enjoy a quiet ride in the car with an audiobook, a wonderful family movie night, and some quiet reading time with your kids with these great books! As a family, we’ve enjoyed every one of these recommendations and hope that you do too! 

Audio Books

Reading aloud never gets old!

Enjoy some audio books while you eat lunch, paint the house, garden, or drive. 

Hank the  Cowdog

 Written and Narrated by John R. Erickson

Guts, glory, danger, and sacrifice are all in a day’s work for Hank the Cowdog, head of Ranch Security. This is a great series for younger listeners, especially those with a sense of adventure!

Jack Russel

Rikki - Tikki

- Tavi

Written by Rudyard Kipling, Narrated by Curtis Sisco

A young mongoose protects his human family from two murderous cobras. A must listen!

Black Beauty

Written by Chrstopher Paolini, Narrated by Gerard Doyle

Set in the fictional world of Alagaësia, the novels focus on the adventures of a teenage boy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, as they struggle to overthrow the evil king Galbatorix.

Image by Sheri Hooley

Family Movie Night

Blue Bird (1940)

A naughty little girl (Shirley Temple) dreams that she and her brothers are sent by a fairy to find the bluebird of happiness. A beautiful story!

Image by Trison Thomas
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Charlotte’s Web (1973)

The novel tells the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig") in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live.

National Velvet (1944)

When Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor), an equine-loving 12-year-old living in rural Sussex, becomes the owner of a rambunctious horse, she decides to train it for England's Grand National race. Aided by former jockey Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) and encouraged by her family, the determined Velvet gets her steed, affectionately called "The Pie," ready for the big day. However, a last-minute problem arises with the jockey and an unexpected rider must step in as a replacement.

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Old Yeller (1957)

While Jim Coates (Fess Parker) is off on a cattle drive, his wife, Katie (Dorothy McGuire), and sons, Travis (Tommy Kirk) and Arliss (Kevin Corcoran), are left behind on their Texas ranch. When a runaway dog named Old Yeller causes damage in one of their fields, Travis tries to drive him away. However, Travis and Katie both warm to Old Yeller when he saves Arliss from a bear attack. As Travis and the brave and faithful dog grow closer, concern grows about an outbreak of rabies.

Secondhand Lions (2003)

A shy adolescent boy, Walter (Haley Joel Osment), is taken by his greedy mother (Kyra Sedgwick) to spend the summer with his two hard-boiled great-uncles, Hub (Robert Duvall) and Garth (Michael Caine), who are rumored to possess a great fortune. At first, the two old men, both set in their ways, find Walter's presence a nuisance, but they eventually warm up to the boy and regale him with tall tales from their past. In return, Walter helps reawaken their youthful spirit.

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The Adventures of Milo and Otis

The adventures of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidentally straying from their farm in Japan.

The Jungle Book (1967)

In this classic Walt Disney animation based on Rudyard Kipling's book, Mowgli, an abandoned child raised by wolves, has his peaceful existence threatened by the return of the man-eating tiger Shere Khan. Facing certain death, Mowgli must overcome his reluctance to leave his wolf family and return to the "man village." But he is not alone on his quest: Aided by Bagheera the panther, and later by the carefree bear Balloo (Phil Harris), he braves the jungle's many perils.


Reading Time

No better way to spend free time than with a book!

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1st Grade - Are You My Mother?
1st Grade - Are You My Mother?

By P.D Eastman

1st Grade - Frog and Toad Together
1st Grade - Frog and Toad Together

By Arnold Lobel

1st Grade - Mr. Putter and Tabby series
1st Grade - Mr. Putter and Tabby series

By Cynthia Rylant

1st Grade - Owl at Home
1st Grade - Owl at Home

By Arnold Lobel

1st Grade - Sammy and the Seal
1st Grade - Sammy and the Seal

By Syd Hoff

2nd Grade - Billy and Blaze
2nd Grade - Billy and Blaze

By C.W Anderson: This is the first of a series of eleven books and is Anderson's most well-known work. The book is about a little boy, Billy, and his pony, Blaze, who he receives as a birthday gift in this book. The adventures of Billy and Blaze revolved around proper care of the horse, while teaching a different lesson through each story

2nd Grade - Mouse Tales
2nd Grade - Mouse Tales

By Arnold Lobel: The framed illustrations help establish the fairy tale-like setting of a house near the woods on a snowy night. The implicit dangers of the cold and unknown world outside are offset by the comforting presence of Papa Mouse in his bathrobe, polka-dotted pajamas, and bedroom slippers.

2nd Grade - The Catwings Collection
2nd Grade - The Catwings Collection

By Ursula K. LeGuin: Mrs. Jane Tabby can't explain why her four precious kittens were born with wings, but she's grateful that they are able to use their flying skills to soar away from the dangerous city slums where they were born.

2nd Grade - The School for Cats
2nd Grade - The School for Cats

By Esther Averill: Jenny Linsky, the famous little black cat of Greenwich Village, has never been to school before. When her master, Captain Tinker, sends her to a boarding school in the country to learn the special knowledge of cats—manners and cooperation—she is a little afraid, among strangers, and so far from home.